Rick Owens has opened an expansive store in Hong Kong — his largest in Asia, made in collaboration with Joyce Boutique — and it’s a reminder of his peculiar self-idolatry. Inside the three-story space — which stocks his complete men’s and women’s collections, as well as his DRKSHDW second line — sits a vérité statue of himself. On hands and knees, the piece serves as a coffee table, literally, complete with Owens’ own coffee-table book, the gargantuan Rizzoli publication from a few years ago.
Designers often use the self as muse, but Owens takes the notion to a bizarre and bizarrely captivating new level. Consider his giant outdoor sculpture for Selfridges last year (putting the self in Selfridges) or his urinating statue at Pitti Uomo in Florence in 2006 (putting the pee in Pitti). He’s long said he doesn’t believe in muses; unless, apparently, the muse is meta.
Rick Owens, 18 On Lan Street, Hong Kong